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Fathers' rights deserve protection in New York courts

It is a sad but true fact -- in many child custody cases, fathers simply get the short end of the stick. This is particularly true for unmarried dads, who may not know about their father's custody rights until it is too late. Even if you are not currently in a relationship with the mother of your child, you deserve to have access to your son or daughter. Our New York attorneys can help you exercise your fathers' rights during a divorce or as an unwed father.

Father's rights to visitation: Custody can be legally won

Not all relationships that produce children begin or end at the altar. Here in New York City, as elsewhere, many children are born to unmarried parents. Sometimes, the biological fathers feel that they have to take a backseat to the mother when it comes to rearing their children and being part of their lives.

What factors determine custody and visitation?

Divorcing parents with pending custody cases in the New York family courts are often anxious and worried about the issues that can factor into a court's decision on the custody of their child(ren). Going into court equipped with knowledge often alleviates some of that anxiety.

Prenups not unromantic; couples benefit from open discussion

If you are considering getting married in New York, you may be thinking about the usefulness of a prenuptial agreement. More and more couples are learning about the benefits that can come along with a prenup -- not the least of which is protecting valuable assets. Prenuptial agreements may seem decidedly unromantic, but they are invaluable when it comes to dividing property during a divorce, or even when one spouse dies. Every couple can benefit from the provisions of a prenup.

New York City celebrity couple on the brink of divorce

New York residents may have heard "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon admit to there being "trouble in paradise" in his marriage to the singing diva Mariah Carey. Last month there were indications that, at least for the moment, the two were living separate and apart.

How are retirement benefits divided in a divorce?

At some point after your New York divorce is finalized, the property settlement will be hammered out either between the parties and their attorneys or by the judge in a courtroom. One part of your settlement may be one or both parties' retirement benefits, which can be divided under the terms of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order.

Will I have to pay alimony after my New York divorce?

It is the hot-button issue on the mind of every person going through a divorce: Will I have to pay spousal maintenance and child support? These major financial concerns are definitely understandable, especially for those with high asset divorces ahead. Family law in New York provides alimony rules for those spouses who need additional monetary support. Whether you pay spousal support depends upon your individual financial situation and that of your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

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